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Union County Roofers: Article About Assessing Which Roofing Tiles Are Ideal

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Due to their enhanced durability and attractive appearance, tile roofing shingles have become a popular product. They can be constructed from a variety of materials, including galvanized steel, copper, aluminum, clay, slate and concrete, and each type offers a completely different set of benefits. There are specific features that almost every type of roofing tile offers, including enhanced insulation for the home and protection against insect and small animal infestations. Some are classified as cool roofing materials, which means that homeowners might qualify for a tax credit. Others help lower energy consumption, which results in reduced annual energy bills and a naturally comfortable indoor environment all year long. Since there are so many factors that should be weighed when deciding which roofing tile is the most ideal fit for a particular roof, homeowners are encouraged to contact a qualified roofing professional.

Whenever Union County roofers assess whether a roofing product will be an ideal fit or not, one of the most important factors they will consider is the local climate. Not every type of shingle fares well under different temperatures and weather patterns.

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For example, while clay tiles are glazed in order to make them more waterproof, they are not a good fit for homes that are located in colder climates because the tiles can become brittle and break. Certain roofing tiles can complement any type of climate, however, including slate and concrete tiles.

Another consideration they'll factor is how long the estimated lifespan of the given material is. Wooden shingles and shakes are uniquely attractive, but they feature a shorter lifespan than steel tiled roofs. Slate roofs can last for a century or longer, as long as they are properly maintained. Contractors will also factor how much regular maintenance the homeowner is willing to put into their roof.

Another important consideration is the existing roof structure. Some tiles weigh much more than many other types of roofing materials, such as asphalt shingles. If the contractor has to reinforce the roof before installing the tiles, the costs associated with the installation will go up. However, certain materials like aluminum tiles are much lighter than others, and they do not require additional support structures.

Contractors will also often consider the fire and wind classification ratings of the material as well as its durability, installation requirements and repair needs. All of these factors should be considered along with the aesthetics and costs associated with the material.

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